Intercultural Exchanges and Soft Skills Development in the Info-Tech-Enabled EFL Classroom

Abstract

The present research study assesses the impact of an ICT-enabled English language environment on students’ intercultural exchanges and soft skills development. The major objective is to see whether an English course content that makes use of blogs, podcasts, and Internet-aided presentations allows intercultural encounters and boosts personal and professional development. The qualitative comments from the endofcourse interview are examined with regard to students’ reflections on their learning experience. Research findings show that the use of ICT-enabled class content does not bring about any considerable changes in students’ cultural practices, but stirs and triggers personal and professional changes (changes in attitudes) and allows learners to develop empowering soft skills, including personal development skills, communication skills, and conflict resolution skills.

Keywords: ELT, ESP, Information Technology, Intercultural Exchanges, Soft Skills


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Pages: 26-34 (Download PDF)

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